How to Treat Winged Scapula?

How to treat winged scapula?

Winged scapula, also called scapular winging, is a condition that affects your shoulder blades.

Usually, shoulder blades rest flat against the back of the chest wall. In this case, the shoulder blades stick out, which is painful.


The symptoms vary from person to person because of various underlying causes, and even muscle and nerve damages.

With winged scapula, it is uncomfortable to make lifting, sit in a chair, carry a backpack and so on.

Generally, people with the disease may have the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your neck, shoulder, and back
  • Fatigue
  • A drooping shoulder
  • Limited shoulder elevation


With damage or a contusion to the nerves that control muscles in your arms, back, and neck, a winged scapula may occur.

Injuries and surgeries both may damage the nerves and muscles and lead to the disease.


Nonsurgical and surgical methods can take according to which nerve or muscle is causing it.

  • Nonsurgical method

If the damage is caused by the serratus anterior nerve sometimes, it usually heals itself within two years.

For scapular winging caused by damage to the dorsal scapular nerve, physical and massage therapy are often recommended by the doctor.

Besides, ice or cold therapy may help ease the pain. A rehabilitation program that contains some shoulder exercises also plays a crucial role.

  • Surgical method

When nonsurgical methods can’t provide any relief, surgeries like nerve and muscle transfers, static stabilization, and scapulothoracic fusion may be recommended by the doctor.

Should you have any concerns about the treatment, please go to the doctor and ask for more professional advice.

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